Hankies Restaurant Marble Arch
Set in the heart of Central London inside The Mountcalm hotel in Marble Arch, lies Hankies – a luxurious Indian street food restaurant serving Indian Tapas.
Following on from Hankies Cafe in Shaftesbury Avenue, Hankies Marble Arch is renowned Chef Anirudh Arora’s second Hankies restaurant. Chef Arora has brought Indian street food into the world of fine dining, and has certainly succeeded.
The restaurant had a very relaxed atmosphere, with modern copper furnishings along with an orange and white theme. Heavy glasses and beautiful plates were laid on the table along with napkins which were wrapped in golden leaves. Chef Arora had sourced these from Indian markets and antique shops.
We started off with some of Hankies finest cocktails. ‘Hugo’s Hankie’ was my choice- an extremely refreshing mix of St Germaine Elderflower, mint, Indian lime and prosecco served over long ice. My partner opted for the ‘Smokey Mexican’ – a mixture of Mescal, lime, agave syrup, smoked salt rim and orange aromatics, this was served with ice and delicious but also very strong.
The food menu is filled with lots of aromatic flavours, tempting for every palette. The dishes – tapas sized- were designed to be shared and so we had seven dishes between us- which was the perfect amount of food.
Hankies specialty dish was the Roomali Roti- a classic Indian roti which is hand spun until its thin enough to read through, cooked on a burning hot Roomali Tawa and folded into 'Hankies' (hence the restaurant name).
There was such a variety of dishes, and some that I had never heard of- the tapas was a great way to try a lot of different dishes- flavours that I may not have tried otherwise. My favourites included the Butter Chicken- a classic Delhi style pulled roast chicken, buttery tomato sauce, fenugreek and garam masala- this was a creamy but spicy dish. The Peshwari Tikka was delicious- grilled chicken with chilli, coriander and yogurt sauces on the side. The Yellow Chilli Garlic Prawns were on a skewer, which also tasted amazing and had a really spicy kick to them.
The desserts also tasted incredible, I opted for the Chocolate Gola but with red guava sorbet instead of ice cream, which was just divine. After requesting something fruity to drink as an aperitif, the bartender made us an off menu cocktail- Strawberry Martini- which I would have to say was the best martini I had ever tasted.
Every dish and cocktail that we tried at Hankies was incredible. If you are looking to try something different in central London, with great service and a variety of choice on the menu, I would highly recommend Hankies. The restaurant is also very reasonably priced for such a stunning location.
To book a table visit http://hankies.restaurant